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on "world news" from haiti tonight, fear of civil unrest. isolated crime sprees. as people ask for help and tons of supplies stack up at the airport. we set out to answer the question, whhaven't they been delivered? and at an overwhelmed haitian hospital, the injured cry "help us." and richard besser tells us what he sees when he answers the call. and, a republican about to take ted kennedy's seat? what does it mean for health care reform? and the 200,000 orphans of haiti, rocked by the earthquake, but somehow, still believing one day the world will change. tonight, earthquake in haiti.
and good evening again from haiti tonight, where there is a stunning headline. this, from the haitian government. the prediction now of the death toll is 140,000. and all of this in a country the size of maryland. we also have aerial photos to show you today of the crowds gathering in the streets amid the rubble, and, of course, the bolds of the dead. and raising the question, once again, how much heat and hunger and thirst can the people of haiti take? dan harris was out among them today. >> reporter: as you know, people we're interviewing in the first few days here were distraught. but we're seeing new and disturbing emotions, mainly frustration and anger. today, iisolated but ominous pockets, the frustration is turning ugly. we watch as this building is vigorously looted. people make off with boxes of t-shirts and even office
furniture. just racing right into what is probably a totally unstable structure and you can see as they come out that there's some scrapes that sometimes erupt. >> reporter: only gun fire shuts it down. as the days wear on here -- >> here to help us already. we can't do nothing. >> i'm hungry. everybody hungry. >> reporter: with bodies continuing to be left out to bake in the sun and with haitians waiting in gas lines with only enough money in many cases to fill small water bottles -- >> we must get help. >> reporter: -- there is growing fear that we are on the cusp of widespread several unrest. >> they are hungry, they need food, they need water. they don't have nothing. >> reporter: fueling the tinderbox of resentment? a perception among some hail shans that foreign rescue teams are focusing an enormous amount of energy on saving people in places like the posh montana hotel while average haitians,
laboring in vast, post-apop lick tick blight scapes try to rescue people with their bear hands. we meet this man looking for his wife's body. if there is no help, will there be violence? probably. while haiti's cries for help are reminiscent of what we saw during hurricane katrina, the desperation here is so much more profound. people in these tent steps have no insurance, no fema, no options. but it must be said that the vast majority say they see no reason for violence. if the help doesn't come, will there be violence against the government? >> no, no. >> reporter: the agony is extreme, but thus far, most here are responding not with crime but instead with outreach to their neighbors and their god. still, we should be clear, there is definitely reason for concern. especially when you consider the numbers. today, the united nations
announced that it believes that 10% of the homes here in port-au-prince were destroyed, which means there are roughly 300,000 people here tonight who are homeless and hopeless, to a large extent. >> we've seen them on the streets, camped up on the hillside. by the way, president obama sent word out that he reached president preval of haiti, and assured him he was going to do everything it took. >> it was an emotional moment, and this president, seeing the devastation around him, passed this message to the american people. he said, from the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of the people of haiti, thank you, thank you, thank you. >> and there is also word tonight that secretary clinton may be arriving here tomorrow, which brings us to the question she'll certainly be addressing. what about everything you see out here on the tarmac? what about all the supplies. thtons of them not reaching the haitian people. we sent martha raddatz who knows
this area so well, out to give us some answers. >> reporter: we watched aircraft arrive nonstop today, carrying massive amounts of food, water and a u.s.ilitary along with it. some 20,000 large water containers arrived today. 80,000 more are on the "uss carl vinson," along with 600,000 daily food aratis, which are continually flowing in. >> i am just offloading a plane that arrived this morning at 3:00 a.m. >> reporter: but all this effort, all these supplies does not mean haitians are getting food and water. most of the supplies are simply sitting at the airport. >> are we able to do enough right now? no. would we like to do more, absolutely. >> reporter: is security the issue? what has to happen? >> what has to happen is, we, from a planning and a coordination part has to happen with the united nations, the government of haiti and all the
relief organizations. a >> reporter: we asked the same question. first, the government of haiti must choose the distribution points. the world food program works up a distry big plan, and then the u.n. provides security along with the u.s. military to get the food out. bottom line, it is not going to happen until tomorrow. and meanwhile, the people wait. we had to go all over town to figure out when the aid would finally be distributed. how about the haitian people? well, they have no communications. they have no idea why they're wafting so long. >> we don't know. we have no information. nobody tell us anything. >> reporter: and no communication? >> no communication at all. >> reporter: we did see some food and water distributed today, but it was on a small scale. nothing organized, though welcome all the same. as for the u.s. military, they did make some deliveries by helicopter, but the 82nd
airborne, which has now begun to arrive, was mainly providing security at the airport, helping with injured that were simply being dropped off and trying to hold back those frantic to get out of this country. of course, this is so much more complicated, this relief effort, diane. because of the scope of the tragedy, and the haitian government is basically decimated, and you have u.n. workers and world food program workers killed in the earthquake. >> but still, but still, you would think this would be the entire training to move it out fast. if it starts to move out tomorrow, the big supplies, how many of them will be out there by tomorrow night? >> reporter: well, i think we have to even wait to see whether there will be large scale distribution tomorrow because as yet, all the questions we've asked, they can't tell us exactly where those distribution points are, and again, telling the haitian people where to get the supplies. someone said they'll do it by radio, but certainly not everybody has a radio. it's going to be complicated. >> not at all.
and i want to turn to the other question that they're asking in the streets today, dan harris mentioned it, which is, are the rescue teams coming in here concentrating more on foreigners than they are on the haitian people? and here's kate snow. >> reporter: at the hotel montana, great news today. two men, one haitian, one american, trapped in separate elevators, kept each other company for two and a half days. and then, this morning, carlos, a firefighter in fairfax, virginia, pulled them out. as you are going in, what is the american man saying to you? >> get it done. >> reporter: the american's wife, back in colorado springs, said he had only minor injuries. >> praise god. he's alive and he's coming home. >> reporter: it is such a stark contrast with what's happening in most of port-au-prince. tens of thousands are missing, and most haitians have no rescuers to help them dig for survivors. we need help, she says, a family member is trapped in her crumbled house. yesterday, this man stopped us to complain that no one was
helping rescue more than 200 students trapped in a vocational school. >> we have no kind of machines. >> reporter: when we found the school, they were using a dump truck and chain. all they had. by last night, belgian search and rescue teams had moved in, but they quit at dark. tonight, a mix of xican and israelis worked alongside jordanian security. they told us 20 students might still be alive. they were still hearing three of them nearly three days after the earthquake. mod carnel lived here, and might still be alive if someone had reached her in the rubble. her friends told us they finally got her out, using a hammer, but she had injuries and no hospital to take her to. u.s. agencies say they send teams to the places where there is potential to save the most lives. they need local help to find the worst-hit buildings. the chances of finding survivors
grows dimmer. kate snow, port-au-prince, haiti. >> and addition to the questions about rescue, moving these supplies off the tarmac, the question about getting medical care to the people who need it now. our own dr. richard besser was out in hospitals today, overwhelmed hospitals, where so many of the patients were asking him for help, and he decided to try. >> reporter: i've just arrived at the general hospital in port-au-prince. they have very little here. most of the patients are outside. they have little to offer, but their doors are open. this man is alive. there are people here everywhere. medical facilities here have been decimated. not enough supplies. not enough medicine. not enough doctors or nurses. and so many devastating injuries. >> my leg is broke and my clavicle. >> reporter: your iv is tube. may i fix that for you?
>> sure. >> reporter: without that, the fluid won't go in. this 11-year-old boy broke his legs and injured his head when a block of concrete fell on him. keeping it clean, keeping antibiotic on there is probably what they need to do for that. but they're short on supplies. how old is the? 11. the age of my boy. then, i came upon this young boy. can he show me where his back hurts? right down here. yeah. he has some scrapes on the back. he thought it was his spine, but after i examined him, the injury appeared to be to his pelvis. he needs an x-ray. but there's no machine here, so he goes without. so many children here are suffering. from burns, open wounds, and fractures. can she walk on the leg? yeah? so she just had some scrapes. these children were not injured in the earthquake. however, these are the children
who are at risk now that there's no clean water or food. and now after the earthquake, water, food, making sure they have a safe place to be, sanitation, will determine whether these children who are not injured in the earthquake become its next victims. >> reporter: everywhere i turned, yet another plea for help. this young woman grabbed here if i hand. her country in desperate need of aid. it's the smallest voices. the ones who are most vulnerable that need the most help being heard. >> can you do anything for me? >> reporter: i can't. i can tell her story and hopefully by telling her story, hopefully that can bring more people to help. have hope. >> so rich, what happened? >> reporter: looking into people's eyes, you can feel their pain. it's not just the physical injuries, it's the emotional damage wch will last a lifetime.
>> i do not understand, and we've talked about this all day long. we know there are physicians from countries around the world ready to come in immediately. we know there's medicine ready to come in from pharmaceutical companies not that far away, we are not that far away. why can't they target these hospitals and get it in tomorrow? >> reporter:ou know, it's a matter of getting the material where it's needed in time. the roads are jammed. there's no one in charge. right now, the systems aren't in place to provide the basic essentials, food, water and medical care. very desperate situation. >>hanks to you, for th, and what you tried to do in that hospital. and we have more news coming up from the states, from back home, and david muir will bring you that. [ lighting a match ]
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other doctors for this new wave of other injuries. >> we need anesthesiologists,or bee ickes, surgeons. >> reporter: across town, tobie banks and her husband have 20 children, too. she provides schooling, and there's a clint wick german doctors about to arrive to volunteer. yeah. this is the orphanage. she had to move the children out, to the clinic, to be safe. her 20, all girls, are not available for adoption. she says she wants them to be educated and stay in haiti to help their country. and, to remember that even in poverty, an invitation to sing is just a prelude to a dance. ♪ your love has shown me >> and we'll have much more from haiti, of course, on a special edition of "20/20" tonight, also on "nightline," as well. for all of us here, we hope you have a good night.
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